Evan Hecox (b. 1970) is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer. Over the past two decades, Hecox’s work has included drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, and illustration. The media of his work extends from small drawings to gallery installations and large murals. Much of his work takes inspiration from travel, with imagery ranging from major cities to remote desert scenes, all united by a keen eye for the mood and feeling of a particular place and moment in time.
Hecox and his family spent summers throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s in a small mining cabin near the deserted town of Ashcroft, Colorado. His mother was a weaver, and his father an artist; together, they would attend the Aspen Institute’s International Design Conference each year. The mining cabin no longer exists, and the design conference ended nearly twenty years ago. However, like the ghost town of Ashcroft itself, the nostalgia of bygone eras feels alive and well within Hecox’s decidedly modern images. His reinterpretation of iconic elements from urban and natural settings embodies the Aspen Idea through the lens of passing time. Both precise in his compositions yet ethereal in his narratives, Hecox is able to pull us in just enough to set the wheels of mystery, nostalgia, and intrigue in motion.
He has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Australia, Japan, and Hong Kong. His work in the realm of design has references from Japanese prints, European poster design, 1960’s era illustration, Bauhaus typography, and folk art. For more than twenty years, he has created graphics for the brand Chocolate Skateboards, with hundreds of his designs in use on streets and skateparks, as well as in many private collections. Projects also include collaborations with clients such as Hermes, Herschel, Vans, Yardbird, Burton Snowboards, Monster Children, Nike, Volkswagen, and the State of Colorado. He currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado.